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Casualties - May 1952


 1 May 52

ROBERTSON, ALAN WILLIAM  (3507271) age: 24

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF378 of RAF Kai Tak, which flew into a mountainside in fog during a flight from Sek Kong to Kai Tak.  He is buried in Colonial Cemetery, Hong Kong

 1 May 52

STREETER, JOHN CYRIL AYRES  (575588) age: 29

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Harvard T Mk 2B, KF378 of RAF Kai Tak, which flew into a mountainside in fog during a flight from Sek Kong to Kai Tak.  He is buried in Colonial Cemetery, Hong Kong

 1 May 52

BROWN, ALEC REGINALD  (584738) age: 20

Jnr Tech

He was serving at RAF Waterbeach at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Cambridge.  He is buried in Dereham Cemetery

 3 May 52

ARMSTRONG, JAMES BLACKLOCK  (4038565) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand B Mk 1, RH755 of No 84 Sqn, which dived into the jungle after a wing broke off when a rocket exploded during an attack on terrorist positions in the Chenedroh Lake Perek area.  He is buried in Cheras Road Christian Cemetery, Kuala Lumper

 3 May 52

COCHRANE, BASIL ALEXANDER DUNDONALD  (607110) age: 22

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand B Mk 1, RH755 of No 84 Sqn, which dived into the jungle after a wing broke off when a rocket exploded during an attack on terrorist positions in the Chenedroh Lake Perek area.  He is buried in Cheras Road Cemetery, Kuala Lumper

 3 May 52

COX, CYRIL JOHN ALEXANDER  (911460) age: 30

Jnr Tech

He was killed whilst flying in Brigand B Mk 1, RH755 of No 84 Sqn, which dived into the jungle after a wing broke off when a rocket exploded during an attack on terrorist positions in the Chenedroh Lake Perek area.  He is buried in Cheras Road Cemetery, Kuala Lumper

 3 May 52

CARSON, ROBIN  (4056075) age: 19

AC2

He was serving at RAF Swanton Morley at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Wisbech.  He was cremated at Perry Barr Crematorium

 3 May 52

CRAKE, ROBERT  (4031646) age: 28

SAC

He was serving at RAF Topcliffe at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in North Kesteven.  He is buried in Ryhope Cemetery

5 May 52

RORKE, JOHN MICHAEL ALAN  (2381337) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor FR Mk 9, WB119 of No 79 Sqn, which failed to pull out of an attack on a target on the Nordhorn ranges.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

5 May 52

CLARKE, DESMOND  (186507) age: 29

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, VZ643 of No 607 Sqn, which failed to pull out of an attack on a target on the Nordhorn ranges.  He is buried in Goytre Cemetery, Port Talbot

6 May 52

CRAVEN, GEOFFREY STEPHENSON  (1040470) age: 30

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Gutersloh at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Limmer Cemetery, Hannover

8 May 52

COFFEY, CORNELIUS WILLIAM  (23030) age: 48

Gp Capt

He was serving at RAF Hawarden at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Fylde.  He is buried in Shalford Cemetery

8 May 52

WHITE, JOHN DOEY  (4049931) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF West Kirby but probably died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Presbyterian Churchyard, BALLYWEANEY, CO. ANTRIM

9 May 52

BRADFORD, JOHN RUSSELL  (4093849) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Bridgnorth at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Caerleon.  He is buried in Jerusalem Cemetery, Blackwood, Monmouth

10 May 52

HALLAM, IAN LEWIS MCGREGOR  (39730) age: 33

Sqn Ldr

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WB729 of UAS, which spun into the ground at Tarves in Aberdeenshire.  He is buried in Dyce Old Churchyard

10 May 52

LAWRIE, JOHN  (2600361) age: 21

Cdt Plt

He was killed whilst flying in Chipmunk T Mk 10, WB729 of UAS, which spun into the ground at Tarves in Aberdeenshire.  He is buried in Trinity Cemetery, Aberdeen

12 May 52

NOTT, PETER  (4053209) age: 19

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire F Mk 1, VF309 of No 208 Advanced Flying School, which spun into the ground near Taunton after the port wing failed.  He is buried in Thornbury Cemetery

12 May 52

SALISBURY, TONY JOHN  (4055204) age: 19

LAC

He was probably on the non-effective establishment of RAF Innsworth and died in the RAF Hospital at Halton as his death was registered in Aylesbury.  He is buried in Yeovil Cemetery

13 May 52

MILLER, ARTHUR HENRY  (2495703) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WH167 of No 207 Advanced Flying School which crashed in a flat attitude at Full Sutton after a bright flash was seen as it took off from a 'touch and go'.  He is buried in Fangfoss Village Churchyard

13 May 52

LODGE, GORDON THOMAS  (E1923426) age: 38

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Valley at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Scotland?.  He was cremated at Mid Warwick Crematorium

14 May 52

STREETE, PETER WEYMOUTH  (3132267) age: 22

LAC

He was serving Overseas at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in British Military Cemetery, Handorf

14 May 52

THORNTON, DONALD  (2476946) age: 23

SAC

He was serving at RAF Middleton St. George and was killed in an accident whilst piloting a glider at the station when the winch cable broke.  He is buried in St Paul's Church, Driglington.

16 May 52

JACKSON, GEORGE ANTHONY ALEXANDER  (2527614) age: 19

A/Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Oxford T Mk 1, AT670 of No 14 Flying Training School, which he abandoned when it got into a spin but his parachute became entangled in the aircraft.  He is buried in St Johns Church, Leeds

16 May 52

LECKIE, J P RN  () age: 33

Cdr

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA679 of the RAF Flying College, which dived inverted into the ground near Strubby during a single engine overshoot.  He is buried in Colbury Churchyard, Hampshire

16 May 52

WOODS, NORMAN JOSEPH  (55051) age: 33

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WA679 of the RAF Flying College, which dived inverted into the ground near Strubby during a single engine overshoot.  He was cremated at Darlington Crematorium

18 May 52

WILLIAMS, LAURENCE HARRY  (178798) age: 39

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Prentice T Mk 1, VS366 of No 7 Refresher Flying School which dived vertically into a field near Shepsted in Leicestershire whilst flying straight and level.  He was cremated at Groby Crematorium

19 May 52

GIBBS, JOHN RAYMOND  (4049394) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Upwood and was killed when he was hit by a van near St Ives whilst a riding motorcycle.  He is buried in St Mary's Church, Harlow.

20 May 52

HIRST, ROBERT  (4035180) age: 21

Sgt

He drowned after abandoning Meteor NF Mk 11, WD607 of No 141 Sqn, which lost its tailplane after striking the formation leader off Great Yarmouth.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

20 May 52

McDERMOTT, ALBERT EDWARD  (4053484) age: 21

AC2

He was serving at RAF Chivenor at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Plymouth.  He is buried in Kirton Lindsey Burial Ground

21 May 52

ELGEY, ROLAND  (584415) age: 20

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Vampire FB Mk 5, VV724 of No 229 OCU, which dived inverted at a steep angle near Launcells Stratton in Cornwall whilst carrying out aerobatics.  He was cremated at Sunderland Crematorium

21 May 52

TINKER, DAVID HERAPATH  (5005203) age: 21

Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 8, WF745 of the Central Gunnery School which dived into the North Sea during an attack  on a ground target on the Holbeach range.  Details of his burial have not been ascertained

21 May 52

BALL, ROBERT EDWARD  (544889) age: 37

Flt Sgt

He was serving at RAF Lytham but died in the RAF Hospital, Cosford following an operation.  He is buried in Bispham Parish Churchyard.

22 May 52

BACON, JOHN ALBERT  (3132248) age: 22

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster MR Mk 3, RE200 of No 203 Sqn, which crashed short of the runway whilst attempting an emergency landing at West Malling following an engine fire.  He was cremated at Charing Crematorium

22 May 52

KING, HARRY JOHN  (109939) age: 29

Flt Lt

A navigator and the adjutant of No 25 Sqn, he was killed whilst flying in Lancaster MR Mk 3, RE200 of No 203 Sqn, which crashed short of the runway whilst attempting an emergency landing at West Malling following an engine fire.  He was cremated at Charing Crematorium

22 May 52

McKUNE, WILLIAM  (1550986) age: 29

Flt Sgt

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster MR Mk 3, RE200 of No 203 Sqn, which crashed short of the runway whilst attempting an emergency landing at West Malling following an engine fire.  He is buried in West Malling Parish Churchyard

22 May 52

PEARSON, RAYMOND HENRY  (4063477) age: 19

LAC

He was killed whilst flying in Lancaster MR Mk 3, RE200 of No 203 Sqn, which crashed short of the runway whilst attempting an emergency landing at West Malling following an engine fire.  He is buried in Edmonton Cemetery

22 May 52

ROSE, HUGH  (3129830) age: 203 AFS

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor F Mk 4, VT176 of No 203 Advanced Flying School, which dived into the ground as it climbed out from Driffield on his first night solo on type.  He is buried in Grange Cemetery, Edinburgh

22 May 52

LUTENER, ERIC ARTHUR  (3502326) age: 26

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Driffield at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Holderness.  He is buried in Driffield Cemetery

22 May 52

HOLT, SIDNEY BRIAN  (4080348) age: 19

AC1

He was serving at RAF Wattisham and was killed when he was run over by Bofors gun during a practice for a competition at the station.  He is buried in Windmill Road Cemetery, Coventry.

23 May 52

HAMILTON, LOUIS FITZHERBERT  (713873) age: 43

Cpl

He was serving at RAF Fayid at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have not yet been ascertained.  He is buried in Fayid Military Cemetery

24 May 52

BONE, DONALD  (4074211) age: 18

AC2

He was serving at RAF Hendon at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Willesden.  He is buried in Hendon Park Cemetery

24 May 52

JEFFERY, DEREK CAVE  (3129207) age: 19

LAC

He was serving at RAF Kinloss at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Scotland?.  He is buried in Saltash Cemetery, Saltash

26 May 52

WOOD, FRANK ARTHUR  (2484373) age: 20

Sgt

He was serving at RAF Bassingbourn and was killed when he hit a van whilst riding on his motorcycle near Great Casterton.  He was cremated at Lawnswood Crematorium, Leeds.

26 May 52

HOLDER, EDWARD FREDERICK  (1134488) age: 42

T/Sgt

He was serving at RAF Wellesbourne Mountford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Wellington.  He is buried in Wandsworth Cemetery

28 May 52

SORENSEN, FREDERICK WILTON  (152477) age: 28

Flt Lt

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF854 of No 65 Sqn, which dived into the ground at high speed from cloud near Watton during an instrument rating test.  He is buried in Whittlesford Churchyard

28 May 52

VAUGHAN, JOHN THOMAS  (579481) age: 24

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor T Mk 7, WF854 of No 65 Sqn, which dived into the ground at high speed from cloud near Watton during an instrument rating test.  He is buried in Wath-on-Dearne Cemetery

28 May 52

COWPER, GEORGE MALCOLM  (3117135) age: 21

Plt Off

He was killed whilst flying in Meteor PR Mk 10, WB158 of No 231 OCU, which crashed whilst attempting a single engine overshoot at Bassingbourn caused by another aircraft blocking the runway.  He is buried in St Peter'S Churchyard, Harton.

28 May 52

WATKINS, PAUL MICHAEL  (1924952) age: 17

Boy

He was serving at RAF Cosford at the time of his death, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, however his death was registered in Wellington.  He is buried in Donington Parish Churchyard

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